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Major League Baseball: Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn succumbs to cancer at 54

(Reuters) – Former professional baseball player and Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died at the age of 54, Major League Baseball said on Monday. Gwynn played for the San Diego Padres and was elected to the baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. He was selected to play in the All-Star…

Puig’s Law?: Florida bill would exempt Cuban players from baseball’s amateur draft

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) – Florida state legislators voted on Friday to pressure Major League Baseball into changing its rules so players in Cuba will be in a better bargaining position when dealing with professional teams in the United States. The state House of Representatives voted 93-16 for…

Major League Baseball boss Bud Selig will step down in January 2015

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig will resign in Janaury of 2015, according to several US media reports Thursday, ending a reign of more than 20 years that began in 1992. ESPN, USA Today and CBS Sports all said Selig would announce later Thursday that he will step down in…

In cash-strapped Detroit, few critics question new sports arena funding

By Joseph Lichterman DETROIT (Reuters) – While Detroit has become a top emblem of U.S. urban economic decline with its recent bankruptcy filing, it remains a resilient and vibrant sports town. Major League Baseball’s Tigers and the National Football League’s Lions, like teams in other U.S. cities, have obtained public…

Dress code installed for Major League Baseball reporters

DALLAS, Texas — Major League Baseball became the first elite-level North American pro sports league to impose a dress code in the press box, issuing guidelines in writing this week during owners’ meetings. Among clothing items on the banned list are flip-flop sandals, short skirts, tank-top shirts, visible underwear or…

Venezuela rescues kidnapped baseball star Ramos

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan security forces rescued kidnapped Major League Baseball player Wilson Ramos on Friday, two days after he was abducted in a case that underlined the country’s dire security problems. The 24-year-old catcher for the Washington Nationals was abducted by armed men on Wednesday evening while he chatted…

Venezuela hunts for kidnapped MLB player Ramos

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan police hunted on Thursday for a gang who kidnapped Major League Baseball player Wilson Ramos at gunpoint from a family home in a case that highlighted the country’s appalling crime problem. The 24-year-old catcher for the Washington Nationals, who was preparing to play for Venezuela’s Aragua…

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